Liberalism in Israel has played a role since the country's founding.[1]

Several liberal political parties have claimed substantial popular support, mainly proved by having representation in the Knesset. While liberalism is usually suspicious of nationalism, Jewish liberals in Israel generally support some form of Zionism.

Conservative liberals (see General Zionists, Liberal Party) were founding members of the Likud, the country's main conservative party, while social liberals (see Progressive Party, Independent Liberals) were integrated in the social-democratic Labor Party. Later on, a long-time liberal, anti-clerical and pro-free market party was Shinui, a member of the Liberal International. More recently, Kadima was a broad liberal and centrist party, integrating politicians from the left and the right. Current liberal (and liberal Zionist) parties are Yesh Atid and the Resilience Party (Blue and White). New Hope is a national-liberal party. By contrast, Balad draws upon liberal values in its aim to eliminate discrimination against Arab citizens and redefine Israel as a state for all its citizens rather than a "Jewish and democratic state", but it is a secular party rather than a liberal one.


School Party Leaders
Conservative liberalism General Zionists (1922–1961)
Social liberalism Progressive Party (1948–1961)
Kulanu (2014–2019)
Gesher (2019–2021)
Israel Resilience Party (2019–present)
Blue and White (2019–)
Israeli Liberal Party (1961–1988)
Independent Liberals (1965–1992)
Shinui (1974–present)
Democratic Movement for Change (1976–1978)
Hetz (2006–2012)
Kadima (2006–2015)
Hatnua (2012–2019)
Yesh Atid (2012–present)
National liberalism Likud (1973–present)
Telem (2019–present)
New Hope (2020–present)


From General Zionists to Liberal Party

From Progressive Party to Independent Liberals

Shinui, Democratic Movement, Shinui, Hetz

Kadima and Hatnuah

Splits from and mergers into Likud

Yesh Atid, Hosen, Telem and minor parties

Liberal party factions


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